Chiefs deny wasteful Crusaders
Cape Town - The two-time defending champion Chiefs have got their 2014 campaign off to a winning start against their bitter rivals, the Crusaders, in Christchurch on Friday.VIDEO: Super Rugby Week 2 predictions!
The Chiefs won 18-10 after leading 8-0 at half-time.
The Chiefs owe a great deal of credit to the Crusaders' kickers who fluffed no fewer than seven kicks at goal, with starting pivot Tyler Bleyendaal (five) and replacement Tom Taylor (two) the culprits.
To rub salt into the Crusaders' wounds, the Chiefs scored an opportunist try on the stroke of full-time to deny the seven-time title-winning Crusaders a bonus point.
The Chiefs picked up four points for their efforts to take an early lead in the NZ Conference.
In next weekend's Round 3 action, the Crusaders travel to Auckland to face the Blues (Friday, February 28 at 08:35), while the Chiefs host the Highlanders in Hamilton (Saturday, March 1 at 08:35).
15 Israel Dagg, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Rey Lee-Lo, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11
Nafi Tuitavake, 10 Tyler Bleyendaal, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7
Richie McCaw (captain), 6 George Whitelock, 5 Dominic Bird, 4 Sam Whitelock, 3
Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Tim Perry
Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Luke
Romano, 20 Matt Todd, 21 Willi Heinz, 22 Tom Taylor, 23 Rob Thompson
15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Tim Nanai-Williams, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Charlie Ngatai, 11 Asaeli
Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden (captain), 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Kane Thompson, 7 Tevita
Koloamatangi, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Michael Fitzgerald, 3 Ben
Tameifuna, 2 Rhys Marshall, 1 Jamie Mackintosh
Substitutes: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Pauliasi
Manu, 18 Ben Afeaki, 19 Matt Symons, 20 Nick Crosswell, 21 Tawera
Kerr-Barlow, 22 Andrew Horrell, 23 James Lowe